There are hundreds (if not thousands) of aspects in Second Life on which I am not an expert. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you’ll know that one area of my abysmal ignorance is shopping.
This post is a brief description of my visit to experience the special witchcraft produced by Dazai Voom↑. If you aren’t familiar with this location – welcome to the club!
It seems, however, that almost everybody apart from me knows about D-Lab↑. Certainly all the friends I mentioned it to were aware of it. In fact they already possess their own private playgrounds full of the delights to be found herein.
The store and surroundings offer a wide variety of cute & surreal objects in a landscape full of charm. The primary reason I went there, though, is to follow-up on something I saw in an earlier exploration. The Piccolis↑ – scripted characters who carry out lengthy interactions with their environment and each other.
My static images can’t convey how mesmerizing it is to watch them. The movies on Dazai’s blog↑ give you just a taste.
See the little guy in the blue sweater? I watched him wake up from a nap in front of a bakery, get down from his stool, cross the park, get a carrot from the vendor, jump up on the seat, and join his friend for a snack.
Scripting is the purview of wizards in my simple brain – add their sorcery to adorable characters and the result is magic.
How else to explain the little one who climbed up into a treehouse, sat for a while to contemplate the neighbourhood, stood up and went over to a birdhouse, called out a bird, mounted it, flew across the area, landed the bird, dismounted, and walked over to a tree stump. He then scrambled up to the top and used it as a chair. I guess he just wanted a more comfortable seat.
These are not breedables – it’s more analagous to buying a toy which has lots of friends and accessories. If I understand it correctly, Dazai releases a group of new additions to the Piccoli family a few times a year.
If you want to escape the grind of daily life (in any world), if you need to be reminded that special wonders are out there, go visit D-Lab↑. After you’ve spent some time exploring the little village, go into the store and see his wide range of products.
You’ll find a teleporter to the Piccoli Demo – click on that. Once you’ve arrived, just sit down and watch. Use your camera to follow the intricacies of their daily lives – you won’t want to leave.
Don’t blame me if you find lots of things to spend money on. I’m just hanging out with my new friend, enjoying the view. :)